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PhD Studentship - Development of novel fibre laser sources based on multicore fibre technology

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1214519PN

Supervisor:                 Professor David Richardson

Co-supervisor             Dr Di Lin

Project description

We are looking for applicants with a background in physics, material sciences or engineering, to develop a revolutionary new generation of high pulse energy, high average power short pulse fibre lasers capable of directly generating pulses shaped in both time and space to suit a variety of end applications. Fibre lasers have emerged as the technology of choice for a wide range of industrial, medical and fundamental science applications.

Collaborating closely with our academic and industrial partners to demonstrate the benefits of this new laser technology for applications in laser material processing and medical imaging, you will become an integral part of an ambitious, well-funded Programme with potential for major global impact. You will receive professional mentoring, leaving with the independence and skills to move into a successful career.

Our ultimate vision is to generate an “intelligent” laser capable of adapting its output to optimise a specific task – be that cutting metal sheets or performing delicate eye surgery. This project will explore beam combination approaches using multicore fibres (MCFs) rather than conventional single core fibres used in most current fibre laser systems. 

Coherent beam combination in MCFs offers many advantages over competing approaches based on separate individual amplifiers. It provides an integrated multi-channel architecture, drastically reducing system complexity by decoupling component count from channel count and improving environmental stability. It also provides a high degree of freedom for tailoring amplitude, phase, and polarisation state at the output target plane. 

The project is supported with substantial funding from a £6m EPSRC-funded AirGuide Photonics programme grant, hosted at the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre

About the Optoelectronics Research Centre

The ORC has led the world in optical fibre technology research for the past 50 years. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow. Its cluster of 12 photonics spin-out companies provides a natural career path for PhD graduates. 

The group has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and international conferences. Its former PhD and postdoctoral researchers have made successful careers in universities worldwide or as industry scientists and business leaders. 

In the first year of your PhD a structured training programme runs alongside the research project, providing a gradual transition from taught degree to open-ended research. Students present their work at conferences worldwide, first-author papers in leading academic journals and emerge with skills at the forefront of glass and fibre optics research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2_6yNQamkU

Further ORC information: www.orc.soton.ac.uk

Further Airguide Photonics information: www.airguide.soton.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications are accepted throughout the year but start date is typically October 2020. 

Funding: full tuition for EU/UK Students plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply: 

Applications should be made online here selecting “Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science” under the Faculty and then “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme. 

Applications should include

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

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